Stress, it seems, is omnipresent in modern life. And for most of us the majority of our stress comes from our jobs. So, if you’re trying to cut down on stress in your life, maybe you should consider switching to one of these least stressful jobs.

Professional man sits at computer with his hands on his forehead under his glasses - stressed out due to his job. Stress, it seems, is omnipresent in modern life. And for most of us the majority of our stress comes from our jobs. So, if you’re trying to cut down on stress in your life, maybe you should consider switching to one of these least stressful jobs.

How Stressfulness Was Rated

The job rating was performed by job website CareerCast (though Forbes rebranded the list). It’s important to understand how the jobs were rated to know whether the rating system is likely to be accurate for you. This year, they didn’t discuss the methodology, but when they did the study in 2017, they gave a detailed breakdown. Likely, it’s similar, although some things may have changed.

For their rating, CareerCast looked at 11 criteria to determine the stressfulness of a job, including:

  • Travel
  • Career growth potential
  • Physical demands
  • Environmental conditions
  • Hazards encountered
  • Meeting the public
  • Competition
  • Risk of death or grievous injury
  • Immediate risk of another’s life
  • Deadlines
  • Working in the public eye

For their system, more of any of the above was considered more stressful. More travel is considered more stressful than little to no travel, and more growth opportunity is considered more stressful, for example. They also didn’t take salary into account when rating jobs.

Many people may not agree with this. While a high degree of business travel can definitely be grueling, some people appreciate a moderate amount of travel in their job. And while some people think low growth makes a job low-stress, others may be stressed because they feel trapped in a dead-end job. And a low-paying job can definitely multiply your stress outside the office.

At any rate, the people from CareerCast looked at 200 different careers and picked out the ten they considered to be the least stressful.

The Least Stressful Jobs

Based on their criteria, here are the ten least stressful jobs from most stress to least, with their stress score (SS) and median annual pay (MP):

  • Massage therapist: SS: 10.39 MP: $39,990
  • Pharmacy technician: SS: 9.19 MP: $31,750
  • Operations research analyst: SS: 9.09 MP: $81,390
  • Jeweler: SS: 9.00 MP: $37,960
  • Medical records technician: SS:8.52 $39,180
  • University professor: SS: 8.42 MP: $76,000
  • Audiologist SS: 7.28 MP: $75,920
  • Hair stylist SS: 6.72 MP: $25,850
  • Compliance officer SS: 5.76 MP $67,870
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer SS: 5.07 MP: $71,410

There are definitely some stress bargains on the list. Especially the number one least stressful job. That’s a lot of income for a low amount of stress, compared to hair stylist, which has more stress at only a fraction of the pay!

How has this list changed over the last couple years since CareerCast did the study in 2017? Here’s their 2017 list:

  • Medical laboratory technician: SS: 10.31 MP: $50,550
  • Pharmacy technician SS: 9.1 MP $30,410
  • Operations research analyst: SS: 9.02 MP: $78,630
  • Jeweler: SS: 8.95 MP: $37,060
  • Medical records technician SS: 8.57 MP: $37,110
  • Tenured university professor SS: 8.17 MP: $72,470
  • Audiologist SS: 7.31 $74,890
  • Hair stylist SS: 6.71 MP: $23,710
  • Compliance officer SS: 5.73 MP: $65,640
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer SS: 4.00 MP $63,630

Mostly unchanged as far as the rankings go. Stress levels went up for almost all the jobs (except you, medical records technician, and you, audiologist–way to go!). We’re not sure if that’s because the method changed or if it reflects actual changes in stress levels. Pay certainly  went up across the board, with the exception that medical laboratory technician got replaced by the lower-paid massage therapist. University professors had the biggest jump in pay, earning nearly $4000 more now than in 2017–that’s good for stress!

Do You Need a New Job, or a New Approach to Stress?

If your job is overwhelming you with stress, you might be tempted to look for a new one, one with less stress. But the truth of the matter is that no matter what the rating say, much of the level of stress in your job is determined by you, and your response to stimuli. And no matter where you go, there you are, potentially creating stress for yourself.

So if you really want to avoid stress in your job, maybe what you really need is a way to take a stress break in the middle of your day. Fortunately, NuCalm offers you the ability to just that. Whether you’re visiting a dentist or specifically getting stress treatments at a chiropractor, NuCalm can give you some truly stress-free time.

To learn more about the benefits of stress-free time with NuCalm, please contact a local NuCalm provider.